Almost every night for several weeks now, I've been scribbling a few words in a little notebook at the side of my counter. It is my dinner diary, an idea I read about in a cookbook and discussed in this post last month.
Today, I looked back on my entries to get a big picture view of my family dinner, and I thought I would share it with you. January was not an ordinary month for us. We lost a beloved pet, and due to new jobs, our household routine changed in many ways. Dinner prep was more hasty and less thoughtful than ever last month. These were big changes in January but truly, what month is ordinary? Almost every month, there's travel, visitors, special events and small illnesses that punctuate the days.
Here's what we ate for dinner all of last month. If you spot anything that you'd like a recipe for, feel free to ask in the comments, but you'll see that most of my dinners are no-recipe meals cobbled together with whatever is on hand. They turn out to be one of a kind and honestly, are often the very best food I dish out.
The pictures are just everyday recipes I've posted before, added to bring some color to this post.
Jan 1: (Tuesday, New Year's Day) Jeera rice, sweet potato vaal dal, kobichi wadi
Jan 2: Whole wheat rotini with cauliflower and soy chorizo
Jan 3: Okra sambar and ghee rice
Jan 4: Udon noodles with garlic, pepper, broccoli and Thai mock chicken nuggets
Jan 5: Mushroom lima bean pulao
Jan 6: TJ's masala burger and salad
Jan 7: Burritos with refried beans and salad
Jan 8: Maggi
Jan 9: Khichdi, aloo gobi
Jan 10: Fajitas
Jan 11: Spaghetti
Jan 12: Cauliflower zucchini soup, leftover Thai take-out from lunch
Jan 13 (Sunday): Soup and Grilled cheese party
Jan 14: Brown rice with veggies and tofu
Jan 15: Chana masala, cucumber raita
Jan 16: Broccoli frittata, Tuesday soup, croutons
Jan 17: Ate out
Jan 18: Eggplant lima beans subzi, yogurt rice
Jan 19: Frankie
Jan 20 (Sunday): Idli, dosa, sambar, chutney
Jan 21: Pasta with roasted broccoli and brussels sprouts
Jan 22: Black eyed peas with spinach and eggplant
Jan 23: Broccoli spaghetti
Jan 24: Sweet potato vaal dal with whole wheat buttered toast
Jan 25: Noodles with vegetables
Jan 26: Ragi dosa
Jan 27: Pulao with butternut squash and lima beans
Jan 28: Chickpeas with sweet potato
Jan 29: Egg curry and rice
Jan 30: Vaal khichdi, eggplant kaap
Jan 31: I somehow left out the entry for this one. Too much of a rush to get into February?
January's menu also reflects the fact that it is winter, the time when I get into a bit of a vegetable rut. There's a lot of sweet potato and broccoli and lima beans here! One change I want to make is to include raw vegetables in some form in almost every meal. A few sticks of carrot or cucumber would be fine as would a more elaborate salad or koshimbir; just something raw to add texture and nutrition.
So, does any of this sound familiar or are your everyday dinners very different from mine?